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I am wondering if anyone has ever skied Mt. Spokane.  I am gearing up for college and wondering what it that mountain is like.  As a way for comparison I usually ski up at Mount Baker if anyone can use that as a comparison.  What kind of snow is it, how big is it, anything challenging?

Thanks for the help

post #2 of 14

I used to patrol there years ago.  Haven't skied at Baker so can't give you a good comparison.

 

Mt Spokane is convenient, close to town with night skiing. Snow is typical for the area, not real light but not super heavy, big dumps aren't very common most years.   There is some good terrain and some great tree skiing if you know where to look.  You aren't going to find any cliffs around but the grooming is usually decent so lots of cruisers.  I spend most of my time at 49 Degrees North now so can't tell you what the crowds are usually like these days.

 

Feel free to PM me if you want to know more.

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I learned to ski at Mt Spokane, and was just up there over Xmas break.  IMO, it isn't the best mountain in the area but it is the most convenient to Spokane.  I grew up on the South Side of the valley and I think it was a 50-55 minute drive.  It's biggest downside is fog.  It sits out there all by itself and gets engulfed in clouds often.  They do have excellent grooming however.  Terrain Park is small.  Rails on par with everywhere else but they NEVER build big jumps.  Only little ones.  Chair 1 is where it's at on Powder Days.  Best moguls on the Face of Chair 2 or Chair 4.  It's got an amazing view of everything on Sunny Days because of the lack of surrounding terrain.  The mountain never changes.  It's got the same Riblet 2 person chairs I learned on in the 80's.  They only remodel the lodge now and then.

 

Mt. Spokane does have the best night skiing in the area.  Better than Silver, Schweitzer and 49 Degrees North.

 

My personal favorite is Silver Mountain, which is only 1:00-1:05 drive in Kellogg, Idaho.  Consistently better snow than Mt. Spokane and less fog.  It's biggest drawback is the Gondola it takes to get there.  The Gondola is located adjacent to I-90.  However the 20 minute ride up it to the ski area becomes a neusance, especially when it's windy.  Jumps are better than Mt. Spokane.

 

Schweitzer has the biggest and best terrain.  It gets a little foggy itself, but both the park and the mountain are better than all the others.  It is also the furthest away at 1:30-1:45 drive from Spokane, and the most expensive.

 

49 Degrees North is about 1:20 drive.  Not a bad mountain.  No high speed chairs.  1 recent Quad chair added which opened up really good terrain and another chair in the plans.  Park is not maintained to a very high standard, but occasionally they get good jumps.

 

Lookout Pass at a 1:30 drive gets good snow, but I haven't been there in recent years.  It's small.  They've added 2 chair lifts tripleing in size since I was last there.

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FujativeOCR mentioned fog.  If you do find yourself in fog, the chair four side is usually fairly clear.

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FujativeOCR mentioned fog.  If you do find yourself in fog, the chair four side is usually fairly clear.



Indeed this is a good point.  However it's almost always in the shadows too.  At least until spring time.

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FujativeOCR mentioned fog.  If you do find yourself in fog, the chair four side is usually fairly clear.


It is also the lowest chair on the mountain so if temps ar marginal at the lodge a good bet that it will be raining at the bottom of 4.

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Mt Spokane does get few decent dumps a year. I skied 18" of overnight fresh in December, when other areas received about 8" that night. To have a great time, you mostly you have to time your trips to coincide with fresh snow. The off-piste turns into a coral reef after a few days without snow. Lots of refreeze cycles even midwinter.

 

Weekends lately have been nuts at Mt Spokane. I'd head up on a Friday or midweek if you are able.

 

Mt Spokane does have some decent slackcountry and a ton of glade skiing. Only local area with night skiing 4 nights a week. Grooming on piste is good and widespread, but not many of the groomed trails follow the natural fall line. As mentioned above, fog is often a problem for all the resorts around Spokane.

 

All in all, Mt Spokane is still the 'county fair' when compared to Schweitzer as far as local resorts go. They do have cheap passes for college students, however. I hear Gonzaga students can even get college credit somehow.

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So in btween  MT Spokane, 49North, Silver and Lookout, which one would you guys prefer to ski if you only have couple days in Spokane??? 

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Ski a few places? I'd definitely hit Silver though.

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Lookout and 49

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So in btween  MT Spokane, 49North, Silver and Lookout, which one would you guys prefer to ski if you only have couple days in Spokane??? 



 

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Lookout and 49



 



X2 depending on which one had the most recent/biggest snowfall.  From downtown Spokane they are almost equal driving time.

post #12 of 14

Mt. Spokane and Silver.

 

Actually I did 49 and Lookout over Christmas, but only because I worked at Silver for years and just got tired of it.  For a newcomer I think it's all around better than 49 and Lookout though.  Mt. Spokane is fun for the long days with nightskiing, and lots of it.

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I am wondering if anyone has ever skied Mt. Spokane.  I am gearing up for college and wondering what it that mountain is like.  As a way for comparison I usually ski up at Mount Baker if anyone can use that as a comparison.  What kind of snow is it, how big is it, anything challenging?

Thanks for the help



Are you dead set on Mt Spokane? There are plenty of ski resorts in the Inland Empire. It partly depends on where you are going to school/living. If you are going to Gonzaga it is a shorter drive to many of the ski areas around than it is if you are going to WSU. Most people I knew when I lived in Pullman drove to Schweitzer, but it is much further than 49 degrees north if memory serves. 

 

If you find yourself with lots of extra time on a weekend, drive up to Nelson or Fernie. Great Canadian skiing up there. 

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